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This page is for tracking anything related with the 2021 GNU Guix/Guile online conference and hackathon on February 8th—right after FOSDEM2021 and the [ Declarative and Minimalistic Computing Languages devroom] and the original application for a declarative and minimalistic language devroom.

GNU Guix Days

Annual GNU Guix (un)conference. This event is online this year and a FOSDEM 2021 fringe event.


GNU Guix is growing rapidly and has gone from a software packaging system to a full tool stack aimed at reproducible software deployment and development. GNU Guix is a toolkit that allows developers to integrate reproducible software deployment into their applications—as opposed to leaving it up to the user. GNU Guix is based on the GNU Guile programming language which makes it a very versatile and hackable (in the good sense) environment.


Monday, February 8th, 2021, the day after FOSDEM.

Starting at 5am UTC (6am Amsterdam, 7am Athens) we will cover at least 12 hours to cater for Asia, Europe and the USA time zones.


Online using a free software conferencing system.


We will have some talks in the mid session (morning EU) and hacking and discussions the rest of the day. A day of GNU Guix hacking bliss.

The event targets an audience of Guix developers and users.

In the European morning (from 9AM UTC+1) the following sessions are planned:

  1. Quality Assurance (QA), hosted by Christopher Baines
  2. Bootstrapping: next step, hosted by Jan Nieuwenhuizen
  3. Continuous integration: Cuirass news and look forward, hosted by Mathieu Othacehe around 12:30 UTC.
  4. Rust packaging in GNU Guix: How can we do better?, hosted by Hartmut & Efraim (shared pad at

In the European afternoon (from 2PM UTC+1) the following sessions are planned:

  1. Outreachy, hosted by Magali Lemes, Gábor Boskovits, Simon Tournier

In pure “unconference” style, the rest of the program will be made by participants as we go, with hands-on sessions organized in sub-groups. Possible session topics that have already been proposed include:

  1. GNU Guix road map
  2. GNU Guix online documentation
  3. Mes and bootstrapping with Jan
  4. Reproducibility project
  5. Alternative target architectures (ARM, RISCV, POWER etc.)
  6. Developing workflows (GNU Guix and GNU Workflow Language)
  7. Demonstration and explanation of The Perfect Setup (Emacs, Geiser, Magit)
  8. Demonstration and live-hacking of Next browser + introduction to the code base
  9. Better build systems for JVM languages in GNU Guix (support Maven, sbt, Gradle, ...)
  10. Reproducible JDK
  11. The Guix System installer
  12. Improve PHP
  13. RISC-V port
  14. E-Mail server
  15. Demonstration and explanation of guile-netlink
  16. Presentation of the new translation process
  17. your topic?

Code of conduct

Be aware that attendees implicitly abide by the code of conduct as stated by FOSDEM. As this is a FOSDEM fringe event the organizers can be contacted in case of a problem.

How to register?

It is not necessary to register because this is an 'open door' online event. Even so, if you intend to attend do add your name here.


  1. Ludovic Courtès
  2. Pjotr Prins
  3. Manolis Ragkousis
  4. Efraim Flashner
  5. janneke (Jan) Nieuwenhuizen
  6. Hartmut Goebel
  7. Bonface Munyoki
  8. Christopher Baines
  9. Vagrant Cascadian
  10. Jonathan Brielmaier
  11. Paul Jewell
  12. Andreas Enge
  13. Gábor Boskovits
  14. Ioanna Dimitriou
  15. Marco van Hulten
  16. Tanguy Le Carrour
  17. Chris Marusich
  18. Nguyễn Gia Phong
  19. Mathieu Othacehe
  20. Simon Tournier
  21. Raghav (RG) Gururajan
  22. Todor (kondor) Kondić

(add your name above this line)


Attendance is free.